Melania Trump accuses op-ed author of 'sabotaging' the US

Charlene Craig
September 7, 2018

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders encouraged Americans to flood the New York Times switchboard in protest over an anonymous op-ed from a member of the Trump Administration.

But as the president took the stage, the fallout lingered from the anonymous account published Wednesday in the New York Times.

He told Fox News: "What they've done is virtually, you know, it's treason, you could call it a lot of things".

"They don't like Donald Trump and I don't like them because they're very dishonest people", the president told reporters. Members of his cabinet rushed to deny authorship in an unedifying spectacle reflecting the depth of suspicion gripping the Trump administration.

The op-ed's publication fueled speculation about its source, and on Thursday morning a stream of senior administration officials came forward to deny that they had written the column, among them Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

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Kyl has acted as a "sherpa" for Kavanaugh following his nomination and has helped to orchestrate his meetings with other senators. His funeral service Saturday at Washington National Cathedral was in many ways a stern rebuke of Trump, with presidents George W.

"The Vice President puts his name on his Op-eds. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making", the official wrote, adding that aides work around Trump to make sure his desires are not enforced. "Our office is above such amateur acts", wrote Jarrod Agen, spokesman for Mike Pence.

President Trump's missteps - ripping children from their parents' arms at the border, dissing America's intelligence community and siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the press conference after their summit in Helsinki, his ugly tweets during Sen.

The piece comes in the wake of a testimony in Bob Woodward's book about the Trump White House - which includes claims that aides stole papers off his desk to prevent him from signing them.

"I come from a place where if you're not in a position to execute the commander's intent, you have a singular option, that is to leave", he said.

"I'm draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back", Trump tweeted Wednesday night.

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Meanwhile Trump's United Nations envoy Nikki Haley was asked on her way to a meeting of the Security Council if she was the anonymous correspondent and responded, simply: "No".

James Dao, who runs the Times op-ed page, told CNN he received the article several days ago through an intermediary, but had spoken directly with its author. Judge Kavanaugh's appearance has been notable for his dodging questions on presidential powers, Roe vs. Wade, and whether he would recuse himself from any potential cases involving President Trump.

The writer, identified by the Times only as a senior administration official, said that he or she, and others in government, have vowed to thwart the president's "more misguided impulses until he is out of office".

Trump called the book a "pack of lies".

Mr Trump described his administration as a "well-oiled machine", a contrast to the description offered by his anonymous colleague in the Times.

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The critical spotlight on Trump's leadership comes just two months before midterm elections in which his fellow Republicans are seeking to maintain control of Congress.

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